An Everlasting Memorial: How to Choose a Grave Headstone

Monday, April 10, 2023

Did you know that 2021 sparked an increase in people purchasing headstones for future use? Many people chose to use their spare money to plan ahead and choose headstones that resonated with them. They understand that choosing a headstone is difficult for loved ones, so they chose their own. 

Are you getting ready to choose a grave headstone for yourself or a loved one who's recently passed? We're here to help. Read on to learn all about some quick tips on how to choose a headstone. 

Keep Your Budget in Mind

Whether you're planning ahead for your own headstone or you're purchasing a headstone for a loved one who's recently passed away, you need to keep your budget in mind. The cost of a grave headstone can be substantial depending on the type, size, and material of stone you choose. Remember that there are many costs associated with memorial services and funerals, and this is only one of them. 

It's helpful to talk to a funeral planner about your options. If you give them a budget to work with, they can help you pick the right headstone for your needs. This will help you narrow down your options so you don't get overwhelmed. 

Consider the Material

There are many different materials to choose from when you're picking headstones for graves. 

Granite is the most common option, and in many cases, the most affordable. It's not luxurious, but it comes in many finishes and it can look quite nice. 

Marble is beautiful and expensive, but not functional. It doesn't stand up well to bad weather, so depending on the climate where the cemetery is, it may be best to choose another option.  

Limestone is popular and affordable, but it also wears poorly over time. It's quite soft so the details will wear away quickly. 

Bronze darkens over time, but is otherwise quite sturdy. Because of this, however, it's expensive and uncommon. 

Stainless steel is also uncommon, but that's because it's a newer option. It holds up well and requires little maintenance. 

You also get to choose the finish of the headstone. You can decide what parts (if any) will be smooth and shiny or rough and natural. Not all materials are available in all finishes. 

Pick the Right Size and Type

How large and visible do you want the headstone to be? 

You can choose a lower-profile flat headstone or marker. They're set into the ground. They're great for people who are trying to conserve space or save money, but they do require more maintenance or else they'll grow over. 

A raised-top marker is similar, but it's at a diagonal slant. This way, it's more visible and it will take longer to be buried by grass. 

Kerbed headstones are large and flat full-length stones that go over the burial site. They're expensive and high-profile, but also elegant. 

Upright headstones are traditional headstones. Each one has a concrete base and they're usually about 45 inches tall (though, of course, larger ones are available). This is the most common type of headstone you'll see, and you can get it in all shapes and sizes.

While traditional ones are rectangles or have rounded tops, you can get them in heart shapes, book shapes, and even artistic statues (though, of course, intricate shapes will cost more).  

Choose the Perfect Grave Headstone

Finding proper headstone markers isn't always easy. This grave headstone will represent you or your loved one in the cemetery for decades to come. Make sure you pick one that you love.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home, we want to help you plan the perfect memorial service for yourself or your loved one. Contact us today to request a consultation.

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